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Class 3 vs. Class 4 -- What is the difference??

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Postby jeffro » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:24 pm

It was just a quick mention, I believe somewhere in an appendix or something. I'll look it up in the book when I get home...oops I just let on that I'm posting at work :shock: :wink:

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Postby denalibound » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:44 pm

I thought the PG and R type ratings had to do with runout, or the distance between solid pro placements or bolts.

Here's what Wikipedia says.
YDS protection rating

An optional protection rating indicates the spacing and quality of the protection available, for a well-equipped and skilled leader:

* G - Good, solid protection ground up
* PG - Pretty good, few sections of poor or non-existent placements
* R - Runout, some protection placements may be very far apart
* X - No protection, extremely dangerous

The G and PG ratings are often left out, as being typical of normal, everyday climbing. R and X climbs are usually noted as a caution to the unwary leader. Application of protection ratings varies widely from area to area and from guidebook to guidebook.


I believe it would be added to to a route desription like so - 5.9 R

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Postby hikerguy0 » Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:47 pm

Nice. Looks fairly useful even if there are variances location to location: a high exposure rating would at least warn you to take a very close look before selecting that particular route.

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Postby Skip Perkins » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:21 pm

Andy Petefish, a Devil's Tower guru, once said there were two basic ratings: PDF and RFH Pretty f_____ Hard and Real f_____ hard. I've always enjoyed Andy's symplicity and climbing ability.

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Postby jeffro » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:35 pm

The PG, R, X system is mentioned in "Appendix A: Rating Systems" of MFOTH.

Page 513 in the 6th edition.

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